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Through The Eyes of Love

Yesterday, my friend Joan made a comment on Facebook about a painful interaction with someone in her life. “I’ve been looking at myself through the eyes of someone who doesn’t love me, but trying to see love.” My response to her […]

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Sara’s Smiles- Lift The Cloud, Inspire The Joy

  The Philadelphia Flower Show is an annual event that heralds the coming of Spring. This Winter weary woman who hadn’t attended in decades, was eager to immerse in beauty. Little did I know that it would go far beyond […]

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We Never Know Who We Will Touch With Our Words

It is no secret that I am addicted to words. As a career writer, I live and breathe their essence. They delight me to no end. They are the beat of my heart and the blood that flows through my […]

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Inhaling and Exhaling

Breathing is necessary in order to sustain our corporeal existence. Inhaling and exhaling, over and over. The average human takes 12 breaths per minute which comes out to 17,280 each day. This doesn’t factor in times of exercise. It is […]

Love Is All I Am

Lately, the Muse has been waking me up long around 4 a.m. Not sure why, but when that happens, I know it is important to take dictation. And so I do. A name came through first- Tyler Goldsmith. He is […]

Leap of Faith in the Face of Doubt

In the past few months, I have become increasingly aware of the power of spiritual practice to keep the rudder on my ‘ship of dreams’ guiding me steady on, so that I don’t run it ashore. Just when I think […]

Loving and Letting Go

As it always does, the Universe brings me messages when I most need them and least want them. I imagine it is so for you as well. Yesterday I was writing an article for my full time job with the […]

A Writer’s Life

  “If  you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.”- John Irving In this very moment, I am listening to the gurgle-hum of the dishwasher, while my […]

Letting It Be Easy

Difficult to imagine a time when I made things harder than they needed to be. Days filled with fret and worry like so much sewage run-off. Mind spinning ceaselessly with shoulda- woulda- coulda thoughts that made me dizzy. Feeling ‘less than,’ with […]

Love is More Than Skin Deep

A video gone viral brings me to tears every time I have watched it.  It was produced by Love Has No Labels and opens by showing two skeletons kissing behind a screen. Thus begins a love-fest which evidences that the societally imposed separation based on […]

No Explanation Needed

“No’ is one of the shortest words in the English language and one of the most difficult to say for some people, unless the person happens to be two years old and then it might well one of their most […]

Bucket List

I awoke in the wee hours this morning, from a dream about my parents. Both passed in the last few years; my dad in 2008 and my mom in 2010. They were the dearest people in my life; teachers, guides, […]

Living in Your God-ness

There are some people who come into our lives at a point in time when we are entering a new way of being. They plant seeds and are not necessarily a regular part of our days. Kind of like music in […]

Happy, Sexy, Shameless: What Our Mothers Didn’t Know About the Birds and the Bees-Book Review

    Most of us are at a loss when it comes to expressing how we feel about one of the most Divine experiences human beings can have. We are given mixed messages from parent figures, from the media, from […]

Hugs From the Heart – For the Heart

On one of the coldest Valentines’ Days in recent history on the East Coast, a group of intrepid folks donned coats, hats, boots and gloves and took to the streets of Doylestown, PA which is a suburb of Philadelphia. The […]

Roaring Red

  As I awoke this morning, I was reminded that today is called Go Red for Women Day that focuses on the importance of heart health awareness. The symbol of the event is a red dress. Like the pink ribbon […]

Change is Strange

As I was sitting with a client today, we were speaking about the transformations she wanted to take place in her life. Since this was our initial session, she outlined many of them that would enhance her day to day experiences. […]

Sexpot With Stretchmarks

Imagine having your own personal cheerleader who enthusiastically reminds you that you are gorgeous, worthy, creative, brilliant and loveable. Would you believe her? Would you say “Who are you kidding? I’m overweight, under-paid, over worked and under-played.” Jenny G. Perry […]

Is Sleep Highly Over-rated?

    I had long believed and expressed that sleep was highly over-rated whenever someone would ask how I managed to maintain what I called a ‘crazy-busy’ schedule that included a full time job, several over-lapping consulting jobs, raising a […]

Changing Your Mind About God

I was listening to an  NPR interview today with author Scott Chesire whose initial book  is called High As the Horses’ Bridles, which is a reference to an image connected with Armageddon. It is a novel, but in part, is based on his own experience […]

All At Once

This morning, I am listening to my favorite radio station, WXPN in Philadelphia,  while tip tapping away at the keyboard. Two of my beloved activities. Sipping ginger tea to soothe a wee bit of a sore throat. In a few […]

Your Last Thought

For the last few decades, the idea has been swirling about that the average adult has 50,000-70,000 thoughts a day running through our heads. For some of us, it may be even more. I would venture that my brain chatters […]

This Year’s Prayer

I have long believed that prayer is portable. It is too expansive to be uttered only in an edifice such as a church, synagogue, temple, mosque or oak grove. It is not limited to one language or ritual; neither is one religion’s form […]

A Year in Review and A Year to Renew

  I am writing this entry on December 30th. At this time tomorrow, I will be ushering in the New Year with festive friends, who I am grateful to know. Music, dancing, drumming, food, hugs, smooches and general celebratory silliness […]

Pass It Onword

Back in November, as I was meandering the aisles at the Mind Body Spirit Expo in King of Prussia, PA, I came to a booth at which two women were beaming beatifically. In front of them was a table of simple wares. […]

How We Grieve

  “When my Guru died in 1973, I assumed that because of the important part he played in my life, and the love I felt for him, I would be inundated with grief. Surprisingly, I was not. In time, I […]

Recovering Human Doing

Lounging in bed, surrounded by lots of pillows and snuggled under quilts as I am typing these words. It is a drowsy, dozy Sunday morning. The radio is playing easing into my day tunes.  My standard weekend fare begins with […]

Profoundly Honest

“We must learn to be profoundly honest.”-Panache Desai Wise words from one of the most engaging speakers I have had the pleasure of hearing. Back in 2011, I attended the Celebrate Your Life Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. I had not, […]

Depth Perception

  Like many of us, I exist on the surface of life at times. Skating on the frozen pond, yet knowing that beneath the shiny façade of the ice lies fathom deep waters. I try not to think about it, since […]

Allowing Others To Effect Their Own Destinies

Most Sundays find me at Circle of Miracles, which is an interfaith spiritual community created 19 years ago by Rev. Hannelore Goodwin. It is where I, and many who attend the ecumenical services, find family of choice, inspiration, community and […]

Abby’s Light

  When a light comes into the world, we hope that it will last indefinitely, knowing that eventually it will fade. When a child is born, a parent doesn’t expect that his or her light will diminish before it has […]

My Mother’s Daughter

Yesterday, I did a mini-workshop at Awaken Healing Expo and offered BLISS Coaching; both designed to empower people to live the lives of their dreams and desires. Already pretty tired from early awakening myself that morning, before the sun was […]

A Matter of Balance

I am a Libra, born October 13th and have found that balance is an essential ingredient in my wellness cookbook. Some work, some play, some rest. Time with friends and family, time in solitude. Time to dance and sing, time to […]

Thank You for Being A Friend

Filled with gratitude this morning for one of the greatest gifts in this or any lifetime…..friendship. I have always been blessed with sweet and supportive souls who mostly get my quirky ways of being and my sometimes outrageous and colorful […]

Warrior Goddess Training – Book Review

    When you think of the two words ‘warrior’ and ‘Goddess’, what image comes to mind?  Possibly  Bast, Athena, Durga, Freya or Kali- battle ready, sword wielding, bloody tongued, vanquishing enemies. What if being both means standing your ground, […]

There’s No Place Like Home

It’s Halloween as I am writing this. I just washed off the silver makeup, glitter and red lipstick that covered my face for a few hours when I was out and about tonight. My newly dyed hair is Manic Panic […]

What I Asked For

Making the rounds on Facebook today:  “Everything you are going through is preparing you for what you asked for.”  Another one of those inscrutable statements that can be interpreted in various ways. My take is that it isn’t blaming as much […]

Sunrise Sunset- Blissful Book Review~

    “Sunsets are love notes written directly to you and last lines are always the same. Life is too short and too precious to dwell on anything other than gratitude.”- Gabe Berman Awe and gratitude are two of my favorite […]

Uncovering My Heart

  I attended a workshop this afternoon that was facilitated by an old friend that I had not actually met hug to hug until today. Her name is Ambika Devi, author of the cosmic journey called Lilith which combines historical teachings, powerful […]

For Me

I had a revelationary thought today as I recognized that for much of my adult life, I have done things for the benefit of others first and foremost, or to please someone so as to gain or not lose love […]

Face Your Fears Day

The calendar has all kinds of quirky holidays and the block that is set aside for the second Tuesday in October is National Face Your Fears Day. This year, it occurs on October 14th.  Oh, that’s today!  What if we […]

56 Blissings

Tomorrow is my 56th birthday. Never in a million years, would I have imagined a life as mine is now…and yet, I obviously co-created it with the Divine. S/he and I have all kinds of conversations thinking up sometimes absurd […]

Listen Listen Listen

I have been sitting with a thought expressed by a new friend who has been doing cardiac care education since her own  ‘heart opening’ experience 4 years ago. She shared that when someone has a heart attack, trauma has occurred in the […]

The Element Of Surprise

We are so accustomed to going about our lives on auto-pilot that we may not even be aware of how we are walking, talking, thinking, feeling or doing…whatever it might be. I have been on the planet for nearly 56 […]

Creativity

I listened to this marvelous TEDtalk  today after hearing snippets of it on the radio in the car via NPR. The speaker was Sir Ken Robinson who challenges the educational system with his belief that education is often what squeezes creative impulses from […]

The Best of My Life

I had the joy of having a pre-birthday lunch today with my longtime friend Natalie Kaye who is both a peacemaker and mover and shaker. We figure we have known each other since the early 1990’s, having met at a local […]

Unremarkable

We all like to think of ourselves as extraordinary, exceptional, and  a slew of other superlatives. Is there anyone who wants to feel ordinary, as if they have not accomplished anything of note? Chances are, since you are reading this, […]

Mosaic

  Today I entered a world filled to the brim with color and texture, light and sound, love and laughter. A place where I could transform whimsical ideas into tangible objects. My friend Renee Bures is an art therapist who […]

Turn Your Mess Into Your Message

Wise people are everywhere. Today I met a wise woman while waiting to see my cardiologist. She was the receptionist who greeted me from behind her sliding glass (slid open, of course) window.  When she asked how I was doing […]

Invulnerable and Invincible?

  Yesterday, in the midst of a radio interview with Kerri Kannan,  I was asked a question about vulnerability. It is a topic that has become as familiar as the fingers typing these words. I was awakened to it when […]

Cardia-versary

This morning marks 3 months since I experienced the kind of pain that cracks you open and has you revealing the emotional viscera that had long lay dormant. Literally at this moment, I was captured by the symptoms of a […]

Cosmic Coincidence

My definition of cosmic coincidence are those events that have me shaking my head in bewildered awe, asking “What are the chances that such a thing could happen?”  My answer is always the same. “100%, since it occurred.” It is […]

Transformation Takes Determination

As I was on my daily walk today, decked out in my navy blue t-shirt with the word TRANSFORM scripted on the front of it, it occurred to me that if I want to transform any aspect of my life, there are […]

Spiritual Teachings of The Incas-An Interview with Willaru

Willaru Huayta is a well respected spiritual guide who makes his way through the world, honoring the deep and abiding connection with Spirit, the Earth, and its inhabitants. According to his website  “He was born into the Quetchua tribe in a village high in the Andes […]

Perfectionista

I am coming to recognize another persona that I am calling ‘Perfectionista’.  She is polished and professional, sweet, kind and caring, loving and compassionate, creative and fun, positive and intuitive, reliable and  responsible, intelligent and articulate. So, you might ask, “What’s wrong with […]

Shakin’ My Tree

Listening to a song I first heard a few years ago during a reception for a couple whose wedding I had officiated.  Youssou Ndour  and Peter Gabriel rocked the joint with their song called Shaking The Tree. It wasn’t until […]

Resurrection

      Last night I watched one of my favorite movies that debuted in 1980. Resurrection starred Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Eva Le Galliene, Richard Farnsworth and Roberts Blossom. It is the story of Edna Mae McCauley, who in the […]

Don’t Give Up

As I am in the middle of the fifth decade of my life, the world has become a patchwork quilt of experiences. In the last 55 years, I have splashed in puddles of joy and gasped for air while feeling […]

The Art of Surrender

On Saturday, I began my day in retrospective musing. Listening to Ellis Paul singing Dragonfly  on Sleepy Hollow  to greet the sun. Was reading earlier entries down my time line on Facebook and marveled at how far I have come […]

Hurt People Hurt People?

Lately, I have been pondering this conundrum: Why do people make violence acceptable? I see so many photos and videos of people hurting animals and people, images of abuse that whoever shot the films somehow think is cool. I understand […]

Make Your Life Spectacular

    A few days have passed since the world heard the devastating news that someone who entered their lives and lodged in their hearts (even if they never met face to face), had succumbed to the depression that had […]

When Lives Touch

    I have been pensive lately for many reasons. The first is that I am still in relatively new life renewal mode. Two months ago, I was lying in a hospital bed with all manner of accutrement attached to my […]

Prison or Prism

“Two men looked out from prison bars. One saw the mud, the other saw stars.” (I’ve seen it attributed to Frederick Langbridge and Dale Carnegie)   As this article is taking shape, the late afternoon into early evening sunlight is […]

The Whisper of Trees

Lately I have taken to walk along the paths in beautiful Bucks County; a part of the country where I have lived since the mid 1980’s. It has rolling hills, Fall foliage which rivals that of New England, lovely meandering streams […]

Foolish Notion

    Lately I have been rolling through my mind thoughts about origin of violence in the world. I saw a video recently in which Whoopie Goldberg was explaining a statement she had made that it was okay for a […]

All of It

  Another one of those wee hours wake-ups when life beckons me to the keyboard to type what I may not be able to experience emotionally. I came upon the words of Panache Desai,  author and spiritual teacher who I […]

Rocks Crumble

Had an insight today that had me laughing at the perfect absurdity while speaking with my friend Gail Lynne Goodwin from Inspire Me Today.  She had called to offer loving support with the roller coaster ride that has been my […]

Living in the Questions

  Since I don’t have a television, the only times I watch are at the gym, at other people’s homes or (as I am doing right now), in the hospital. Propped up in bed with yet another health challenge. A […]

Heart Song

  Lately, I have been more acutely aware of the connection between the cardiac muscle that keeps blood pumping through my body and sustains this corporeal existence and the emotional center that has made my thus far, more than 55 […]

To Live Significantly

      Many years ago, one of my college friends named Gina Foster had relayed a bit of wisdom that I treasure. She said that she endeavored to “live significantly,” and that she does.  I knew instantly what she […]

What a Difference

  What a difference a month makes!  When I awoke on June 12th, I had no idea that I would be indeed be experiencing an awakening unlike anything I had ever known. Going through my normal routine, planning my day […]

Would You Change?

“If you knew that you would die today. If you saw the face of God and love, would you change?  How bad, how good does it need to get?”-Tracy Chapman Every time I hear these lyrics, I am abundantly reminded […]

Journals

    Late last night, I was perusing dog eared pages with rounded, scrawly letters inscribed in blue, black, iridescent pink and in some cases, penciled markings that reflected the mind of a 20 something young woman in college and […]

No Regrets

Every day a new beginning. Obvious enough thought, but how many of us actually embrace that concept?  If we are accustomed to routine, we may get up, get ready for work, breakfast, prepping for the commute to our place of […]

Strangels

  I have long believed that everyone I now know and love was once a stranger. Hard to imagine my life without some of these folks in it and nearly impossible to conceive of a time when I didn’t know […]

The Glorification of Busy

Saw a declaration today with the words Stop the Glorification of Busyemblazoned on it. This wasn’t the first time I noticed that instruction, but it was indeed the first time I really took heed, since they were the perfect description of […]

Nap Time

  When I was a kid, I wasn’t a happy napper, since I was afraid I would miss something. I kept myself entertained with toys and books, maybe talking or singing to myself. I was a good car sleeper, since […]

Tortoise and Hare

Feeling a bit like a newborn today. Up a lot last night, sleeping fitfully. Uncertain as I enter into my greatly modified routine; starting to see clients again today. I feel too like I imagine I did on my second […]

Tiptoeing Tentatively

  If circumstances were different, I would be dancing into a Solstice celebration tonight. I was invited to three events that all involve music, fun, friends, food and a tribal welcoming in of the longest day of the year that […]

Being in Integrity

  In his international Best Seller The Four Agreements author don Miguel Ruiz shares this life guidance. “Be Impeccable With Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to […]

Just Show Up

  As if by Divine invitation (what other type is there?),  I received a phone call just now from my dear friend Dr. Murray Needleman. I was thinking about him this morning, so naturally, he called. I have known Murray […]

Rocks Crumble

  Life can change in a heartbeat, quite literally. When I awoke on Thursday, June 12, 2014, I had no clue that a mere few hours later, I would be on a hospital gurney, with an IV in my arm […]

Kindred Hearts

  Uncharacteristically quiet inside. The  air conditioner and my roommate speaking with her husband on the other side of the burgundy curtain, with the occasional beeps in the hallway are the only interruptions.  On a ‘normal day,’ I would be at work, […]

Optimystic

Perusing Facebook, I had this observation: Mixed in with rippingly painful messages about violence against people, animals and the planet as a whole, political upheaval and general head butting, I am heartened to see words of love, healing, reconciliation, encouragement […]

Turning Into Prayer

  “I have prayed so much that I myself turned into prayer — / Everyone who sees me begs a prayer from me.”-Rumi Prayer is one of my favorite life practices. It is a constant companion from the moment I […]

The Hole in the Donut

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article for a monthly magazine that has been a home for my words for awhile. It’s  called Inner Child Magazine which is the heart and brain-child of Janet Caldwell and William F. Peters, Jr. […]

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Aretha had it right when she sang that classic song written by Otis Redding. We all desire to be respected for who we are and although we want to receive it from others, it begins within. Take a look at […]

A Joy Drenched Life

  Sometimes I wonder how it is that people develop spiritual amnesia and forget this about themselves. Was there ever a baby born that wasn’t adored by someone and viewed as precious and worthy of love and care?  I work […]

Broken Plates

  When I was a kid, there was an adage, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”  It was a well meaning piece of guidance so that we could slough off harsh words, cast about […]

Achey Feet, Happy Heart

  Interesting juxtaposition as I ready myself for much needed sleep; that of well earned muscle aches and blistered tootsies, accompanied by joy over the reason for them.  Awakened at 5:30 this morning and by 6:30, I was helping to […]

The One

  When I saw this meme shortly after awakening this morning, I came smack dab up against all of the expectations I have for myself. Many’s the day when I have held the mirror to my face and fully claimed […]

Throw Back Thursday

I Wish To Live A Life

Do you ever wonder how much of your life happens at random and how much ‘by divine design’. What if you could wish your life into the form that would most delight you? Many people would laugh at such a […]

Pity Party

I had to giggle when I saw this meme, created by Theresa Byrne, another contributor to The Good Men Project,  since it was sucked right out of my spinning mind. Many’s the time I have petulantly pouted about the way life […]

Shower Power

Most people take showers to clean their bodies. I also take showers to ‘come clean’ which to me means, to wash off the gritty and grimy thoughts and emotions that cling to me as well. Imagine a beautiful, hot summer […]

12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life!

  What are some fears you have about letting go? Mine are about trusting that  all is well regardless of appearances.  No matter how many times I have done that over the years, it still feels like the first time. […]

Touching Souls

“Love is touching souls. Surely you touched mine. ‘Cause part of you pours out of me.          In these lines from time to time.         Oh, you’re in my blood like holy wine…” -Joni Mitchell (A Case of You)   […]

Here Comes The Sun

Today marks the Spring Equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere. It heralds a time of light and warmth, of shedding the heavy layers that felt protective of my heart and body. Like many of us in the colder climes, I […]

Encouragers

Are there times in your life, when you feel discouraged, overwhelmed and wondering when you will jump off the hamster wheel on which you have been spinning? You set out on your day, only to be met with ‘spiritual flat […]

Poison Ivy

One of my clients in the outpatient drug and alcohol counseling center where I work with folks in recovery had a brilliant analogy that he shared. As someone with a long term addiction, he thought he could manage it by ‘controlling’ […]

Dialing Up Heaven

  I believe that we all have a hotline to Spirit because  it is (in my view) the Source from whence we came. I never tell anyone what to believe spiritually since our relationship with the ‘God of our understanding’ is […]

Potholes and Pitfalls

It’s been a rough winter here in the Philadelphia area as it has been throughout the country. Below freezing temps, gusty winds, downed wires, crystalline coating on trees limbs, power outages and many feet of snow at one fell swoop. Once upon […]

God Loving vs. God Fearing

  Today I heard someone who is the head of a religious congregation preaching from the pulpit. He was sharing a passage from The New Testament- John 3:3 – “Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to […]

Recovery Rockabye

  Recently I was sitting in a room with folks who are  healing from the insidious disease of addiction. Legal, emotional, financial and relational consequences faced them as a result. Some had been on the roller coaster ride for years with […]

Healing Wounds

Every day as I go out into the world, I am aware of walking in the midst of people who carry with them all sorts of traumas and scars; some as fresh as that day, some decades old and others ancestral, […]

Lurking Fears

Getting in touch with lurking fears that have been hiding in the shadows. I sense that they are what have been keeping me from living my dreams and desires full out. They speak to me in slimy, sneering tones  “The […]

To Get What’s Broken Blessed

  “You know, people come to therapy really for blessing. Not so much to fix what’s broken, but to get what’s broken blessed.” ~James Hillman I saw this quote this morning and it echoes with the truth of what I […]

Turning the Page

    This is the final Friday of 2013. The hustle and bustle is reaching a peak, having moved through Thanksgiving with gratitude and food, Hanukkah with glowing lights and 8 sweet nights, Christmas with the birth of a guiding […]

The Day My Life Changed

  It is 7:44 a.m.  on December 21, 2013. Fifteen years ago at this moment, I was in the midst of  a maelstrom of emotion that threatened to suck me down into its swirling vortex. Sitting in the MRICU  (Medical Respiratory […]

Is Suffering Necessary?

I am on the flip side of a week’s worth of a messy, painful, not much fun bout with shingles. A week ago, my left eye was prize-fighter swollen, my skin was peeling off my face, I had a chisel […]

Simple Pleasures

  Sitting crossed legged under the freshly changed turquoise cotton sheets. Just out of the shower in which I indulged in Trader Joe’s citrus shampoo, conditioner and body wash to ease away the remnants of the  lesions from the shingles […]

Nowhere Fast

“On this day of your life, Edie, I believe God wants you to know……that impatience will get you nowhere, fast. If you insist on being in a hurry, you’ll move very quickly — and often get nowhere. Take a breath. […]

Angel

  Music is soul food for me. I not only listen it for entertainment. I  immerse myself in it, splash around in it, roll in it, slurp it up. Angel is the third sonic culinary creation by South Jersey based singer songwriter […]

Alchemical Gratitude

  At the end of awesome weekend filled with spiritual sustenance, I am listening to  folk- rock queen- Lucinda Williams belting out Get Right With God in which she goes through a slew of deprivations and painful practices that some […]

The Definition of Insanity

  You may have heard it said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. Today I heard an even more succinct translation of that colloquialism. This person who is in recovery […]

Change of Heart

Cardiac update since my last posting called Stay in My Heart:  Following a surprising diagnosis a week or so ago of a condition called LAFB which  are alphabet soup letters for Left Anterior Fascicular Blockage, I went to my primary […]

Brave

What does bravery mean to you? Does it indicate a willingness to dive off a  stable cliff into the ocean at precisely the right moment so as not to crack open your skull or jump from a perfectly good airplane, […]

Stay In My Heart

  Our biological hearts are such complex organs; a series of veins, arteries,  muscles, ventricles, pathways for blood to traverse. It is also thought of as ‘the seat of the soul,’ and the place from whence our emotions emerge. Love, […]

Tumble Dry Low

  Inspiration arrives at any given moment, while engaged in the most mundane tasks. This morning while I was transferring laundry from the washer to the dryer, the words “Detach with love” echoed in my ears. Knowing exactly what that […]

Awakening In America

    A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of co-creating an experience with a man whose intuitive healing work is profound. He shared information with me that he would have no way of knowing since we had not met until […]

Fire It Up!

(artist unknown at the moment, but will include the name once I identify her or him) This weekend, I attended a retreat that encouraged me to stretch all kinds of comfort zones, ‘going to my edge’, dropping façade and worn out […]

Holy Listening

Sharon Pearl is a Spiritual Director who has chosen to act as a guide for people who are wanting to open to the Divine in their lives. She serves people of various faith traditions, although her own path is rooted […]

Bone Deep Love

Tracie Nichols and I have traveled in the same circles for many years, dancing into each other’s lives. When we hung out for  a bit last weekend, and I learned more about this Renaissance Woman whose motto Soul Care From […]

I Am Light

  Heard this beautiful song tonight by India.Arie and it sweetly serenaded me with the chant: I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light….like a mantra that flowed through my veins, nourishing me body, mind and […]

Compassion

  As the world prepares to honor another ‘day that will live in infamy’ tomorrow and some will focus on the horrendous violence that led to loss of life and emotional safety, there are others who will be turning their […]

Walking With

  Tonight I interviewed David Bedrick for my show called It’s All About Relationships. He is a therapist who was trained in process oriented psychology and ‘meets clients where they are’, which is what I, as a social worker was […]

Happily Ever Now

I first encountered the remarkable Courtney A. Walsh (CAW) via Facebook and was beckoned into her wondrous wordsmith world immediately. With the same quirkily colorful imagination, she felt like a kindred spirit immediately. I met her this Spring when I drove up to Rhode Island for my […]

The Heart Is The Home of Wonder

  Breathe in the warmth of this place, allowing yourself to feel a sense of welcome It is your own love, your own beauty that beckons you inside How long has it been, since you have crossed this threshold? The […]

Metamorphosis

Like most people, I am fascinated with the lovely creatures whose translucent wings lightly flutter as they are carried on a breeze. I watch, mesmerized as they drift to and fro, seemingly without direction. There are times when I feel […]

All I Seek Is Within

  Like many who are reading this article, I have been participating in Oprah and Deepak’s 21 Day Meditation Challenge, which is all about the love that exists within and around us at all times. Sometimes it begins my day […]

Bring the Light In

This meme reminded me of an experience I had several years ago. I was lying on the massage table of my friend Ute Arnold who practices a modality she created called Unergi which is body psychotherapy that speaks to all […]

World Humanitarian Day

One of the wisest people on the planet is under 5 feet tall and under 10 years old.  Although his birth name is Robby, he is better known worldwide as “Kid President”. A few things that are amazing about this […]

National Relaxation Day

  Imagine an entire day set aside for the purpose of……doing nuthin’. You wake up and smile, noticing the sun beaming in through your window, with a blank agenda, an empty schedule, nowhere to go; an invitation, instead to be […]

Existential Longing

  Had the inclination to post this on my Facebook page about an hour ago. “Noticing since I had the heart cracking open experience last week, that I have been feeling an existential loneliness that I haven’t had for a […]

Behind the Mask

Several years ago, I attended a Goddess Retreat that honored the Divine Feminine aspects of ourselves. One of the activities was body casting and we could choose the ‘parts’ we wanted to keep around for posterity. I had been at two […]

Super-s/hero

Last week I met a courageous woman named Terri Levine. She doesn’t jump out of perfectly good airplanes or leap tall buildings in a single bound, but she is somewhat of a super-s/hero in my book. Every day, she faces […]

‘Kneeds’

Ever take time to consider how blessed you are? When I experience spiritual amnesia, I too forget. At the moment, I have my left leg propped up on a pillow, since it has been crying out for my attention over […]

Death and the Totality of the Human Experience

  Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight. ~Rossiter Worthington Raymond   Death is such a strange and multi-faceted experience. Yesterday, I witnessed […]

Watered Down

  Oh how I used to do this. There were times when I was so ‘watered down’ so as not to ‘make waves’ that you could see right through me, float a boat on my surface, splash about in me~  […]

Grudge Island

  Today as I was reading a book by SARK called Make Your Creative Dreams Real that was given to me as a gift by my friend Cynthia Perkel since she knows I’m a creative soul, I turned to a […]

Yes No Maybe So

“Know your yeses, your no’s and your maybes. It makes life a hell of a lot simpler. You can still be flexible. But get to know them. They are there for a reason.”~CAW Simply powerful/powerfully simple words from my friend Courtney […]

Birthday Ballerina

A blast from the past sure-fire laugh inducer is Saturday Night Live re-runs; the first few seasons that included Laraine Newman, Garrett Morris, Bill Murray, Dan Akyroyd,  John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin and my favorite, the irrepressible Gilda Radner. […]

The Elements

  This weekend I spent much needed restorative time immersed in nature.  Anticipating it for months, I knew that on the last weekend of June, I would be heading to Happy Tree Farm, which is the home of my friends Stephen and Kathy […]

What’s The Matter Here?

  I was following a thread on Facebook that began with this question from radio host DeBora M. Ricks: “Should we spank our children? Is spanking ever the best discipline option? If you care about children, about how we’re treating […]

World Sauntering Day

  This is a perfect opportunity to put into inspired action what I shared in my last Bliss Blog entry about ‘multibasking’ vs. multi-tasking. Since there is likely a holiday for every eventuality, today is World Sauntering Day. According to […]

Wispy Stream

  I was listening to an interview and concert today on World Café on WXPN with Scottish singer-songwriter K.T. Tunstall. I was introduced to her music when Black Horse and The Cherry Tree came out in 2004.  Besides loving her […]

Coming Out To Ourselves

  Have you been huddling in a closet of denial about who you are?  The walls may be paper thin or constructed from cinder block or steel. One thing it does is prevent you from fully living your life. Author, […]

Brain Train

  As a gracefully aging, seasoned woman, I have long believed that memory loss is a myth. Having had a sharp as a tack mind that could have anything I wanted stick to it, I am sadly noticing some things […]

I Am What I Am

When I saw this image a few days ago, it occurred to me that there were times in my life when I was so watered down that I was a like a storm drain through which torrents ran, carried downstream […]

A Box Full of Darkness

This image zapped me yesterday and at first I didn’t want to look at it, or even acknowledge it. I much prefer to live in light than in darkness. Paradoxically, my work as a therapist over the past 3 decades […]

Mirror Image

    Overheard in the bathroom at the gym recently : there was a young woman who was there with a friend and looked in the mirror and said “I look like shit today.”  My initial inclination was to mind […]

Filling Instead of Feeling

  As I was interviewing fertility advocate, and sex educator, Pamela Madsen on my Blog Talk Radio show called It’s All About Relationships, we were speaking about insatiablilty, eating disorders, body image and sexuality. She was mentioning the ways in […]

Chakra Goddess-Jo Jayson

I connected with artist Jo Jayson via a mutual friend and was immediately drawn into her magical world, with lush, vivid colors and mystical imagery. Since part of my own spiritual practice acknowledges the Divine Feminine, it felt completely natural […]

Full Up

I’m sure you’ve heard the question:  Is the the glass half full or half empty? The response you give might indicate if  you are an optimist or pessimist in terms of the way you view life and the circumstances you […]

Savior Behavior

  I  am thrilled  to say that my invisible Wonder Woman cape and tights are in the Jeep (along with my faerie wings, which are tangible and colorful)… and I don them less often these days. Once upon a time, they were […]

It’s In Every One Of Us

  Once again, the world is rocked by a shocking event on a day that ‘should’ have been celebratory; one on which well trained athletes brought their vibrant spirits and strong bodies to engage in friendly competition. Instead, as a […]

Messages From Mother

  Have you ever heard a calling, a whisper from Mother Nature/Gaia who invited you to pay attention to what was happening around you and make a positive difference?  Mare Cromwell who refers to herself as “a plant intuitive, sacred […]

International Day of Happiness

I was so excited to hear from my Laughter Yoga teacher friend Peggy Tileston, that this Wednesday is a newly minted holiday. It’s one that I would love to have honored 365 days a year and really it could be […]

Compartmentalizing

  Someone said today that he compartmentalized his life to the point that he is running out of compartments. Boy, could I ever relate!  It reminds me of the cubbies that we had in kindergarten where we stashed our lunchboxes, […]

Bully vs. Ally

  Tonight in my job as a therapist in a drug and alcohol oupatient treatment center, I facilitated my weekly Women’s Group. The topic of negative self talk came up and the ways in which it sabotagued their successes and […]

Transforming Pain Through Energy Medicine

  I am holding this book called Transforming Pain Through Energy Medicine as a result of one those Hansel and Gretel breadcrumb trail experiences that so delight me. A few years ago, I was part of the Next Top Spiritual […]

Being Cradled in God’s Arms

  I had written in a previous Bliss Blog entry called Praying With God that my sense of the Divine is that we are of God and God is of us. Call it a God-spark if you will, or essence or […]

The Luminous Broadcast

  Imagine  light and energy beaming out from you, radiating in all directions, careening about people around you, even if you don’t speak or have physical contact. Do you wonder what impact that might have? This morning, I had the opportunity to […]

Heart to Heart

  This morning before I headed out the door, I donned a red shirt and red socks. It goes beyond liking the vibrant, energizing, fire-y color and stands as a symbol of something vital. Today is National Wear Red Day, […]

Next

Lately my life has felt much like the I Love Lucy episode in which she and Ethel are working at a candy factory and their job is to wrap the bon bons as they initially coast and then speed down […]

Wake Up Call

  Yesterday, a life changing event occurred. My 51 year old sister called to tell me that she had, in her words “a mild heart attack”, which, as it turned out, was indeed, as she corrected as “a big boy”, that […]

Children Full of Life

    “Let people live in your heart. When people really listen, they live in your heart forever.”-Toshiro Kanamori What difference can one man make in the lives of so many? This morning, while watching a  portion of a video […]

Luscious Living

I Will Not Die An Unlived Life by Dawna Markova  I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open […]

SpiritYOUality

One of the wondrous souls I have welcomed into my life, Candace Smolowe always brings a smile to my face and lights up my heart when our paths cross. It seems I have known her forever. Yesterday, she was the speaker/spark […]

Self Esteem Ice Cream

Several years ago, I was working as a guidance counselor in the Quakertown, PA school district (K-6) and once a week met with a group of 5th grade girls who, like most tweens, had issues around self image and the […]

Letting My Soul Catch Up

            One of my favorite stories came to mind tonight as I was meeting with a client. She was facing major life changes and had a game plan to put it into action. I shared […]

Enough Is Enough

  Tonight after a sweaty ‘playout’ at the gym, I was washing my face and a woman about a decade older than me limps into the bathroom, smiling and grimacing simultaneously. Knowing nods passed between us and she commented the […]

The Map To Love

What if you were offered a map/guide/compass to this land called Love in which you could immerse yourself in its healing waters, scale its beautiful peaks, traverse its rainforests,  drinking in the luscious aromas, sweet sounds and tantalizing sensations?  Would […]

Spiritual Colonic

  In the past 72 hours, with the actions of a man who I won’t glorify or glamorize by writing his name, countless lives have been changed; some by death and some by needing to live with the consequences. Unless […]

Stretchy Heart

As usually happens, my friend Jacob Nordby has wise words to share, whether they come from his own vivid imagination or from the pen of another beloved writer such as A.A. Milne. When I saw this on his Facebook page, […]

Sensitivity

Has anyone ever said these 3 words to you that had you feeling dimissed, discounted, put down or misunderstood:  “You’re too sensitive.”? In a workshop I am teaching this week,  at Grail Springs,  the subject  came up when we were speaking […]

Do It Myself

(Iconic eatery in Ithaca, NY-Moosewood Cafe) Do you remember being a little kid, wanting to tie your shoes, button your shirt, brush your teeth or comb your hair on your own, as if that proved your independence and showed your […]

The Climb

  I have long been both a ‘go-getter’ and ‘go-giver'; one who is seemingly always on the move and also in service to others, sometimes to my own detriment. I have used my God-given gifts to support myself and my […]

Resurrection Day

To say that I am head over heels in love with this newest release from former Philly local (now in upstate NY) artists, Kim and Reggie Harris, is an understatement.  I was introduced to their music in the 1980’s when […]

Serenity Prayer

I can’t begin to convey how many times a day these words run through my sometimes way over-active mind, like oars in a rapidly running river, pushing away the water and propelling me forward as gracefully as possible. In some instances, the tide threatens […]

Madly In Love With Me

Even as I wrote the title for this Bliss Blog entry, I could feel the little twitches of  “What will people think if I declare that statement?”  That’s what tells me that Christine Arylo wrote this book for me and […]

When Words Aren’t Enough

We human beings are more than our minds, thoughts and feelings. Our bodies are repositories for our pasts; both pain and pleasure reside as cellular memory. For some, talk therapy is sufficient to work out challenges and traumas. For others, […]

The Magical Path

What if there was a portable tool kit filled with easy to use ideas, ancient concepts that seem fresh, tried and true doorways into what you dream and desire?  Would you think it was too good to be true?  If you […]

Home Coming

  Had another delightfully whirlwind weekend that began with a thai massage offered by a new friend Neil from Chicago who was visiting Philadelphia. Two hours and change after I rose from the mat, I felt reconstructed, like pieces had moved […]

The Way

Just finished watching a movie that my son has been encouraging me to view for the past few months. “It’s your kind of movie, Mom,” insisted my 25 year old cynic, who pretends not to be spiritual, but secretly, I […]

Mirror Mirror

This weekend, I trekked down to Maryland and spent time with a group of stretchers and seekers; those who were willing to dive in deep, go wide, dance with their demons and the Divine. The workshop called Come As You […]

At-one-ment

  ..In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you  shall afflict your souls, and you shall not do any work … For on that day he  shall provide atonement for you to cleanse you from all […]

Monkey Bars

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars: you have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” C.S. Lewis When I was a little girl, I liked to climb things, get dirty, play […]

Claw Marks

  Debbie Ford posed this question on Facebook and I felt called to respond: “Why is it that so many of us hold on to experiences from our past, refusing to let them go? Is it because we don’t know […]

Puddle Splashing

Today I was at the one year anniversary celebration of my friend Kathy Tooley’s yoga studio called Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center. The word means ‘heart chakra’ in Sanskrit and truly it is a place where glad hearts rejoice, sad […]

From Scared To Sacred

What do you do when you place a call to the Universe and it answers?  Do you short circuit the cosmic connection or do you listen and take dictation?  Good thing for the world that Renaissance Woman, Carol Woodliff did […]

How The Universe Works

“Having made the decision to love, had I chosen life instead of death?”  -Richard Bach Those who have been reading the Bliss Blog for awhile, may know that one of my favorite authors is Richard Bach; he of the vivid […]

Floating Down the Delaware

  One of my favorite summertime activities is grabbing a big rubber inner tube and taking it to the Delaware River near my home in Upper Bucks County, PA. When most folks in the region think of the Delaware, what […]

A Silken Heart

    A few years ago, I awoke from a rather strange and quite graphic dream in which I was still attending The New Seminary in NYC, studying to be an interfaith minister. In the waking world, I had already […]

Visionary

  Yesterday I spent many hours cleaning, clearing, purging, shredding, stacking, sorting, filing, excercising (by hauling away junk) and exorcising gremlins from the past. There is a room in my house that has become a repository for memory; some treasured, others […]

National Lazy Day

Need permission to be a couch spud, veg out, do nuthin’?  Here it is….August 10th is National Lazy Day. I saw it on the internet, so it must be true! “Lazy Day is your chance to goof off, and definitely […]

Creative Intelligence

I remember seeing a question on line recently about creativity; wondering whether we are born creative or if it is something that can be learned and honed. I tend to think that it is a bit of both. Since we […]

In The Creative Flow

Yesterday, I immersed myself in cosmic color, awe and ahhh, song and soulfilled to overflowing dance and delight as I offered a training for professionals whose work in the world is with clients who have mental health diagnoses. The organization is called […]

The Void

    Yesterday in the midst of a workshop I was co-facilitating with my friend Elaine Silver called Follow Your Passion, Be Your Bliss, one of the participants commented that recently she found herself in ‘the void’. She described it […]

Trip The Light

I love to dance. Ever since I could shuffle my feet, tap or wiggle my toes, music moved me. I grew up in a home in which my parents danced in the kitchen, which was one way that they showed playful […]

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